New zoning in KDH provides choice of houses over condos

By on October 2, 2017

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New zoning will allow Saga Construction the option to build about 80 houses on a tract near the Wright Brothers Memorial that also allows condominium and apartment buildings.

Saga was considering apartments or condos because zoning established in 1983 set a minimum of 15,000-square-foot lots for houses, which the company said would not be a viable investment.

When town planners raised concerns about the prospect of multi-family buildings in the middle of single-family neighborhoods such as Wright Woods and First Flight Village, Saga proposed reducing the allowable lot size.


The company’s request for a text amendment putting the minimum at 7,500 hundred square feet in the RL Zone was approved by the Board of Commissioners Sept. 11.

While the change would still allow condominiums or apartments, Sumit Gupta, Saga’s CEO, said plans now are to built about 75 houses, some of which will be on 8,500- to 9,000-square-foot lots, which is similar to the size of those in adjoining neighborhoods.

The plan, he told commissioners, would still provide a good return on investment and reduce the density by almost half. About 130 condos or apartments could be built on the 22-acre site.

Tax records value the property at $977,200.

Part of the amendment requires lot widths of at least 50 feet. A subdivision in the zoning district would also need to provide sidewalks or multi-use paths on at least one side of roadways.


In addition, 5 percent of the neighborhood would need to be open space and at least 25 percent of the lots must exceed the minimum size.

Several people who spoke at a public hearing on the quest expressed concerns about flood control.

Saga will need to submit a subdivision plan for approval, and each lot will go through the normal permitting, which includes plans for proper drainage and limitations on fill.



  • chaser

    Does saga have to buy everything?

    Tuesday, Oct 3 @ 9:21 am
  • surf123

    Great move to allow this variance and avoid more condos which no one wants.

    Tuesday, Oct 3 @ 9:50 am
  • $$$$$$$$$$$

    Chaser .. Pretty much 🙁

    Would be cool if they could leave the lots at 15,000 sq ft to have some homes with an actual yard. But it says not a “viable investment” which makes it about the money and not about the community. Would be cool if someone actually gave a crap about the area and the working class that occupies a large portion of these neighborhoods.

    Tuesday, Oct 3 @ 4:45 pm
  • Jon

    Smaller lots are more affordable for the working class.

    Wednesday, Oct 4 @ 4:15 pm
  • Marsha Johnson

    Harpoon Court has poor drainage already and almost all homes in this area were built in the 1980s which had much lower water tables. We’ve all already had to replace outright drain fields due to the higher water tables. Traffic would all have to funnel out of Landing Drive making for more congestion at Lowe’s frequent accident intersection. I was hoping a park would go there someday to honor Orville and Wilbur. Changing the lots sizes to pack in more homes in an area that has the look of spacious, wooded beautiful neighborhood would be changed. I sure hope they will respect the Live Oaks and not just flat bulldoze the whole project. There’s nowhere left for the deer to roam. Sad day for me.

    Wednesday, Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm
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